Sutton Bank wins Tour de Yorkshire land art trophy

Sutton Bank wins Tour de Yorkshire land art trophy

Published at 4:30pm 1st June 2016. (Updated at 4:40pm 1st June 2016)

A giant piece of art featuring a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank has been crowned the winner of the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.

The 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting on the airfield at the Yorkshire Gliding Club beat off fierce competition from 11 other finalists to claim the coveted trophy.

The winning piece, called 'The Finest View', was commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council, and shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called "the finest view in England".

Richard Gunton, Director of Park Services for the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: "The Tour de Yorkshire was a great event which also highlighted the beauty of the National Park and so we're extremely proud to have won the competition.

"I have no doubt that author James Herriot would have shared our pride as the land art design paid homage to his declaration that the view from Sutton Bank was the finest in England."

More than 2,000 votes were cast in the competition, which saw communities across Yorkshire come together to create dozens of spectacular pieces of land art to celebrate this year's cycle race.

Giant cycling jerseys at Sherburn-in-Elmet came a close second, whilst Giggleswick School's stopwatch took third place.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Congratulations to everyone who took part from the artists, to the schoolchildren and volunteers right across the county who devoted so much time and effort into being part of the competition.

"The standard of land art was truly incredible and really showcased the county's talents and humour, as well as their passion for the race."

Tour de Yorkshire land art - Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank's winning land art

Tour de Yorkshire land art - Sherburn-in-Elmet jerseys

Cycling jerseys in Sherburn-in-Elmet which came second

Tour de Yorkshire land art - Giggleswick School

A giant stopwatch at Giggleswick School which came third